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Synology DS413j Diskless System DiskStation

  • Optimal Price/Performance Ratio
  • Effective Backup Solutions
  • Hassle-free System Installation
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
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The Synology DS413j is a four-bay, budget-friendly, networ- attached storage (NAS) solution designed specifically for small office and home use. A fast 1.6GHz processor, an abundant amount of memory and a Gigabit LAN enable a smooth, lag-free response, while a USB connection is included for easy expansion. This system is powered by the renowned Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS, providing an efficient way for file storage and sharing with data protection for your home environment. Complete with the high reliability and stability Synology is renowned for, you're assured of great peace of mind in any situations.

  • newegg Build Your Own Cloud With the Synology DS413j, you can centralize and share up to 16TB of data and files with coworkers and friends. If you find this way of managing files useful, you can have your own cloud by using Cloud Station to access and sync files across different computers. There is no need to configure a router to remote access the DS413j; by using Synology’s ezCloud, you can easily extend coverage to the Internet. Manage your files on your Synology DS413j with File Station, which provides easy file navigation on your DiskStation and allows you to copy, move, delete, rename, upload, or download files without boundaries. If you are always on the move, Synology provides a handy app, DS File, for iPhone, iPad, and Android users. Anything stored on Synology DS413j can now be accessed remotely using DS File via the Internet.
  • newegg Flexible Storage Management The Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) automatically builds an optimal RAID volume with data protection based on the hard drives installed, eliminating the need to have hard drives of identical size, while still offering a manual setup option for advanced users. Multiple Volumes on RAID allows you to create more than one volume on a RAID structure, providing a flexible and efficient way to manage your storage across all available hard drives. When the need arises to expand the volumes, simply allocate more storage space on the UI, and DSM does the rest for you without any service disruption.
  • newegg Versatile Multimedia Center and Convenient Media Sharing With the built-in media server on the DS413j, you can stream digital multimedia content from a Synology DiskStation to a media device such as a stereo system, Sony PlayStation 3, or Microsoft XBox 360. You can also stream videos and music to a DLNA/UPnP compatible TV set, so you can enjoy your favorite movies or TV shows that are stored on your DiskStation. Your living room just got better. For a fully digitized music listening experience from the comfort of your couch, by connecting DS413j to a home stereo system and using DS audio App for iPad, iPhone and Android, users can control music playback with simplicity. Photo Station simplifies photo, video, and blog sharing with the public. Features such as theme personalization, blog, and user privilege settings make Photo Station your state-of-the-art lifestyle sharing center on the Internet. Photo Station syncs albums automatically to Facebook, so it is now even more closely intertwined with your social life.
  • newegg Download Station and Backup Center Download Station functions as a 24x7 BT, FTP, HTTP, eMule, and NZB download center without a PC. The eMule and BT search engine allow search-n-download capability without installing additional desktop applications. The RSS feed feature brings the latest updates directly to you. You can subscribe to multiple RSS feeds that list the information of all your favorite downloads, and your download experience is entirely automated. The Synology DS413j offers a centralized backup target to all your PC/Mac computers in the house. PC Users can back up their data to the Synology DS413j using the free Synology Data Replicator software, while Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple Time Machine integration. A web-based backup wizard is provided for backing up data in the Synology DS413j to another Synology DiskStation, or to an external hard drive via USB connection.
  • newegg Hassle-free System Installation and Data Encryption for Peace of Mind Web Assistant is a web-based utility to make every DiskStation as easy to install as possible. Installation is done inside your existing web browser by setting up all vital system components in few simple steps. Combined with a quick-start widget, users can simultaneously tour the DSM operating system and set it up to use right away. The Synology DS413j is equipped with an encryption engine, which offloads the encryption calculation task away from the main CPU, and helps to improve file transfer speeds of the DiskStation. Data protection is an important matter for businesses of all sizes. High-end features previously available only on enterprise level hardware are now accessible via Synology DS413j to small- and medium-sized businesses. DS413j provides share-level AES 256-bit encryption to aid in the prevention of unauthorized access attempts to the hard drives.
  • newegg Energy Efficient with Cool and Quiet Design Synology DS413j is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a larger fan and the smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, its noise-dampening design makes it really quiet (18.9 dB) compared to PC counterparts. The support of multiple scheduled power on/off and hard drive hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operation costs. All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges its responsibility as a global citizen to continually work to reduce the environmental impact of every product produced.


Learn more about the Synology Inc. DS413j

General

Brand
Synology
Model
DS413j

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
2 x USB2.0
HDD Interface
4 x SATA (4 x Bay)

Configuration

Form Factor
4-Bay
Processor
1.6GHz CPU
Default/ Max. Memory
DDR3 512MB

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System

Conveniences

Supported Protocols
Networking Protocols: CIFS, AFP, NFS, FTP, WebDAV, CalDAV, iSCSI, Telnet, SSH, SNMP, VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN)
Management
Storage Management
Max File System Size: 16TB, Max Internal Volume #: 128, Max iSCSI Target #: 10, Max iSCSI LUN#: 10,
Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6,
RAID 10

Power

Power
100-240 VAC 50/60Hz

Features

Features
Optimal Price/Performance Ratio

Hardware Encryption Engine

Effective Backup Solutions

Hassle-free System Installation

Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
Usage
High read/write performance with RAID

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
9.06" x 7.24" x 6.61"
Weight
4.92 lbs.

Environment

Temperature
Operating Temperature : 5 to 35 degree
Storage Temperature : -10 to 70 degree
Humidity
5-95% R.H

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Zxurian
  • 3/7/2014 7:51:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbove and Beyond Customer Support

Pros: Full UI / Good Throughput / Nice Features.

What really stands out though, and completely worth the 5 stars, is their support. When I originally purchased one I bought a new WD30EURX drive to go with it. Copied several terrabytes of data to it without issue. Woke up one morning and the partition was gone on it.

The cause of the lost partition is as yet unknown, the running theory is that it was a drive failure.

Synology support however, worked closely with me over teh course of 2 weeks to remotely diagnose and debug to try and figure out what happened, as well as were able to get my data back by manually recreating the partition table so I could copy the data off onto another drive.

Hands down, this company exceeded any level of customer support, and were very helpful in solving the issue.

Definitely will recommend any synology products in the future, if just for the level of support they provide.

Cons: None

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  • Zxurian
  • 2/25/2014 5:26:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRisky Business

Pros: Clean, neat. Easy to slide drives in. UI is fairly nice.
System also allows direct SSH access when needed.

Cons: Lost one of my drives partitions after a week. 2TB of data gone.

Don'y rely on it for data integrity.

Other Thoughts: I purchased a new WD30EURX to go along with this, and was the first drive put in it. All SMART tests listed with the drive have always been good. One week after use, I unplugged it to move it, plugged it back in, and the drive in question lost it's partition on it, again, still reporting no SMART errors.

Synology support was initially good, requesting debug logs, then logging into the NAS directly to try and fix it, however it has now been 5 days since I last heard from them and I think I will be returning the unit and warning others to stay away.

I realize the purpose of a NAS is backup for when a particular drive fails, but when the drive is fine, and reports no errors, followed by the NAS randomly losing the partition on it, with no logs or errors of the event, that is a design flaw and a data risk.

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  • DanLudwig
  • 2/20/2014 12:20:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt kind of reminds me of windows 95

Pros: It's a Synology. The management interface is several multiples of awesome. Community seems great too. Hardware is solid, and for the most part easy to set up. Can find good documentation on how to set it up to backup to CrashPlan on the web.

Cons: I did read William P's comment before buying this, but didn't really take it to heart. The reason this is $220 less than the DS412+ is because of the hardware. There is so much you can do with this device that once you start setting it all up, you begin to realize there aren't enough hamsters turning the gears.

My main uses for this are for home cloud synchronization (documents and media) and backup archival (raw files, time machine, and windows backup / file history). But I also want to follow the 3-2-1 backup rule, and looked up how to sync nas folders to CrashPlan.

If you think you want to do this then go look up 2 articles by PC Load Letter (author) and Scott Hanselman (user) who describe how you can make this happen. In order to make this work, you have to install java on the nas (which is pretty easy as long as you follow the instructions).

The thing about Java is, it can be a real resource hog. The JVM needs to allocate a heap in RAM, so running this CrashPlan backup is already dealt a bad hand with only half a gig. On mine the CPU monitor is very active, but in all fairness it is still doing the initial disk data scrubbing.

Other Thoughts: I too think I am going to trade this up. I love the product, I just think it needs more muscle given what I want to do with it.

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  • irh
  • 2/12/2014 1:56:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS system

Pros: No issues whatsoever. This was plug and play essentially with minimal set up. I had no experience at all with NAS or servers and was easily able to get this up and running with 4x WD 2TB red drives. The set up has been in use for just about a year straight with relatively light usage overall, but has never given me a problem. The system application/admin panel that comes with this is very good. It has many features that are beyond the scope of my intentions for the system, but still useful.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Outstanding product. If it looks like it will solve your storage concerns, get it, you won't be disappointed.

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  • William Perdigon
  • 2/1/2014 8:23:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsWorks, but not as expected

Pros: Unit is small. Clean looking and fairly straightforward. When it comes to Synology there is no doubt their OS is what makes the brand a quality product. Set up was super easy on the unit. Thus the 3 eggs.

Cons: Of course, you get what you pay for. However, unfortunately with this one the 512 MB of Ram and the 1.6 GHZ makes it very difficult to use all the features it truly provides.

My purpose for the unit was to build a home Cloud server with our primary files to be Video, Music, and Photo's all accessed either through our Roku/Tablets/Cell phones. Using Synology's DS Video/DS Audio/DS Photo apps makes this possible. Unfortunately this unit just cannot stream the video without a constant lag. Even with the ROKU hardwired to the network video streaming was PAINFULL at 1080p on a 40 inch. Streaming to a cell phone away from the home network over our 4g network was impossible. While I could access video files over our cell network carrier (out with the kids) the unit could just not handle the load and would play video for 5-7 seconds and lag out for 5-7 seconds and repeat.

Other Thoughts: I contacted Synology initially to explore some of my concerns and while discussing with them my intentions it was made clear that the unit appropriate was a DS1513+ which I ended up ordering from New Egg. I ended up sending this one back to new egg and I will write a review when I get the 1513+

It should also be said the

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  • Saintjude
  • 1/19/2014 10:07:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImperfect, but still marvelous

Pros: An exceptionally rich feature set. Shared network drives and RAID, of course, but also streams H.264 video to numerous devices like my Apple TV, can record and stream TV (if you add a compatible USB TV tuner), act as a network print server (if you have a compatible printer), record and monitor webcams, provides private 'cloud' style storage, backups for your various PCs/Macs, and much more.

Relatively very easy to set up, although the nature of the various network services does still require a bit of technical knowledge.

Cons: Interface can be a bit sluggish, but is remarkably user-friendly (essentially a minimal 'Linux' desktop presented through your web browser.) There is still definitely room for improvement (for instance, I don't care for the insistence on double-clicking things as if it were a native desktop environment.) I would strongly advise the design team to curl up with an iPad for a few months to get a feel for highly polished consumer-friendly UI design.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm absolutely delighted with this device as a home/personal/small group server. There are things that definitely be improved, but it's still a marvelous little 'prosumer' product. If you have an extensive legacy video collection (not H.264) some of the higher-end models can transcode video for you for streaming to set-top boxes like the Apple TV.

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  • Skew
  • 1/13/2014 12:47:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy, adaptable, success!

Pros: The web interface on this thing is exceptional. They have apps that can do anything you might need, from backups to media servers to antivirus. The installation and management of the apps are easy and automated with a user friendly GUI. I put two high-end NAS drives in and it has been running for two weeks with zero issues.

Cons: So far, no cons with the unit specifically.

There's some kind of firewall/port issue between my PS3 and the media server (which is common due to a web search). I haven't tracked down the root cause of the issue yet, but a quick reset of the media server fixes it for now.

Other Thoughts: Do your research and don't be afraid to spend a little more on something decent, like this unit. I was unhappy with three "budget" brands until I found this baby. I'm very happy!

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  • Credoagathos
  • 1/12/2014 6:57:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAll in one dumping ground.

Pros: This machine is a good buy. I finally have something to backup all my computers and a place to put all my movies.

Cons: By all means go to the Synology website for compatibility. The forums are super helpful. I bought 5 WD Red 3TB drives and 2 were bad. Not Synologys fault, but if I would have perused their forum I probably would not have bought them. Also there is a learning curve, be patient and go to the forums for help.

Other Thoughts: Price wise, its a good deal. You can load it up with 4-4TB hard drives. If you need more than that, you should seek professional help. By all means, and I cannot stress this enough, you should check out their Website, and forums in particular, before you buy.

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  • RAJ
  • 10/18/2013 5:25:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI could not be happier.

Pros: Synology now has a customer for life.

Their DSM software is easy to use and seems to be very robust.

The processor and memory are adequate for this price point.

It has lots of nice software packages available, and the video center plays nicely with my home theater.

Cons: I cannot think of anything...other than something trivial....

Cosmetically, this thing looks kind of foolish among other devices on the shelf. As someone said previously, it looks like a mini dehumidifier.

But looks aren't everything and I'm willing to overlook it because it works so darn well.

Other Thoughts: I'm sick of looking at 1000+ DVDs and Blurays on shelves scattered around my den. The intention is to gradually store them on the DS413J and stream them to my home theater and all the other devices in my house. It's a slow and tedious process of ripping them all and storing them on this device, but I'm working my through them, slowly but surely.

The point I'm trying to make is: I've already had to increase the storage capacity. I started out with 2 x 2TB + 2 x 1TB drives. Some quick math told me I wasn't going to have enough room for all my DVD's/BD's, so I swapped out the two 1TB driver for two 3TB drives.

As instructed by Synology I did one hard drive at a time (because the Synology Hybrid Raid data protection is limited to 1 drive failure). If you ever need to do this: BE PATIENT. It took about 16 hours for the drive to prepare itself and meld its way into the 4 disk system.

When the first replacement was done, and the system stopped showing REPAIR and returned to NORMAL, I did the other disk. And it too 16 hours to ready itself.

And the swap(s) went without a hitch. It worked perfectly. Absolutely ZERO data was lost or corrupted. And I now have enough storage space (I hope.)

I am very impressed.

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  • synfan
  • 8/15/2013 5:17:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent so far - a bit warm, but still awesome

Pros: Solid, reliable, decent performance for its class so far, comparatively very quiet, great interface, great features. Too many to list. The DSM is the best NAS OS I have ever used. Worth the extra premium for Synology products. I love how even the lowest-end products (the J series) gets the full OS treatment, and it works extremely well. If Synology keeps up the quality control of the DSM OS, I'll be a customer for years and years.

This is the first product in a long time that I truly love (in a geek way!). Very impressive for all it can do. I definitely won't be "rolling my own server" in the future now that I've had a taste of Synology.

Cons: The DS413j runs a little warm compared to my ReadyNAS Ultra and other devices I have. I did not like seeing my hard drive temperatures in the 40-45C range when I first set it up during the RAID build process. Again, I also have a DS212J, ReadyNAS and other devices and the drive temps are much lower in those, usually 32-38 in my ambient environment.

However, I researched a little more on the temp issue and the drive temps appear to be within acceptable range for these drives (a mixture of Seagate, Hitachi and WD). I also found out that it is possible to manually edit the config file of the unit to reduce the temps further if I want to.

I came to the conclusion that Synology has tuned the fan profile to keep the DS413j as quiet as possible, while preventing the drives from going over 45C. So this may actually be a plus in the long run. As soon as a drive hits 46C, no matter the ambient condition, the fans kick in to the next level, and the temp drops right back down. So I think the profile I am running has a threshold at 45C.

At some point soon, I'll go into the profile to change that threshold to 40C.

So, this is not that big of an issue to me -- the trade off for those warmer temps is how quiet the device runs, which is vastly superior in noise level to my ReadyNAS, for example. So all in all, I think I'm okay with this aspect, since I can at least edit the profile later if I want to. I wish they would allow an easier way to edit the fan profile though.

One other very minor negative is that I'm not crazy about the physical design of the device. But I don't plan on spending time staring at it. :-) So that's irrelevant. Build-quality, it's fine, and that's what matters to me.

Other Thoughts: Other than that, the performance of the unit is perfectly acceptable for this class/price range. A bit slower than I hoped (I had high expectations for my first Synology), but still in the same general league as my ReadyNAS Ultra (an Intel-based unit), and yet this was much more affordable and with far better software and features. So not really a negative there either.

If I had the extra money, I would have sprung for the Intel-based Synology. but that's significantly more expensive. But in any case, I don't regret the purchase at all, and look forward to years of great service. If this hangs in there as I expect it to, I'll give it to my wife in two years and spring for Synology's mid-range Intel line. :-)

So overall, very little negative, and all the positives more than compensate -- this would be a 4.5 star review, but I'll round up to 5-star in all fairness. There really isn't a better competing product in my view, considering the price/class.

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